What is so special about Egyptian Cotton?

What is so special about Egyptian Cotton?

Egyptian cotton bed linen has become wildly popular in recent years. After all, it was believed for a long time that cotton was cotton and it was actually the ‘thread count’ of the cotton fabric that was the only important factor when choosing quality bed linen. However, this is no longer the case as consumer guidelines for buying bedding suggest that cotton from Egypt is superior to other cotton. But why is this? And does Egyptian cotton really produce better quality bed linen? What difference does it make?

As a natural product, the quality of the cotton used to make the thread is paramount in creating high quality woven bed linen. This can be affected by growing conditions (weather, soil, temperature) and of course, the plant type. Egyptian-grown cotton is known for its ability to create extra long staples, or fibres. These fibres can produce thread or yarns that are thinner than other cottons because of their longer length. This yarn is smaller in diameter yet stronger than other cottons. Smaller yarn means that more threads per square inch of material can be used to create a more luxurious fabric which is stronger, lighter in weight, yet breathes well


As already mentioned, many buyers think that choosing high thread count sheets is the only gauge of quality. This is not true, as in the case of Egyptian-grown cotton the threads in are longer, stronger and closer together. Furthermore, 100% Egyptian cotton fabrics resist pilling or “surface balling” after repeated washings, as the cotton plants used to make it don’t produce a lot of lint, unlike other cottons, or blended Egyptian cottons, which may pill. If properly cared for, bed linen produced from Egyptian cotton can last for decades.

Thread Count

Quality bed linen starts at around 180 threads per inch, with 200+ thread count bed linen providing superior luxury. Bed linen made from 180 thread count fabric will be harder wearing and have a super crisp feel as the individual threads are thicker, whereas bed linen with a silky satin feel is provided by the thinner threads, such as those of the higher 220 thread count bed linen.

Choosing Your Perfect Bed Linen

Please bear in mind that the feel of bed linen created from Egyptian grown cotton is a bit harder than other cottons when the bedding is new. However, with every wash, Egyptian cotton duvet covers, sheets and pillowcases become softer and softer. Like a fine wine, Egyptian cotton bedding definitely improves with age and, unlike many products, you will prize it more and more with time and use.

So please consider whether you prefer hotel style crisp Egyptian cotton bed linen, or a softer more luxurious feel. Are looking for bed linen with a strong construction, able to withstand frequent washing, or perhaps short term luxury is more important? Comfort is all important in creating the perfect night’s sleep, and the right cotton bed linen is a vital part of this.

220 Thread Count Bed Linen

Our range of 220 thread count cotton percale blended of the very best long staple cotton available, including Egyptian cotton and American long fibre cotton, includes duvet covers, flat sheets, fitted sheets, Oxford and house-wife style pillowcases. Available in white and cream, these linens are a true investment.

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